PlayStation has announced it will close its VR-focused Manchester Studio.
The entire studio is understood to have been made redundant.
Sony’s Manchester team was formed in 2015 and had been working on an unannounced VR project.
Manchester Studio is the third UK PlayStation studio to close this generation, following Evolution in 2016 and Guerrilla Cambridge in 2017. Both of those studios had also been working on PlayStation VR projects.
PlayStation launched Its console VR hardware just over three years ago in October 2016. Sony said this month that PlayStation VR sales have topped five million units since launch.
While the company has said “the current PS VR headset is compatible” with PlayStation 5, a recently published patent suggests Sony may be preparing to release a next-gen PlayStation VR headset.
A 2019 patent describes a VR headset which includes two front cameras and one rear camera, as well as upgraded Sony Move controllers which could feature a built-in camera too.